AICCM History

This brief and incomplete history of AICCM was put together by the Victorian Division in 2010. The information in this history was largely drawn from available National AGM minutes and Executive reports from the National Newsletter. It includes significant AICCM activities and decisions as well as relevant events from the Australian cultural sector.

Like most histories there are many gaps and no doubt inaccuracies, however it is posted here as a starting point for a fuller and more accurate documentation of our history.




ICCM is formed (Perth meeting). Interim constitution adopted. Anticipated that ICCM would later merge with IIC.


The Bulletin first produced. Published quarterly. Partially paid for by ANU? Memberships first opened. Museums Inquiry report tabled in Federal Parliament (The Piggott Report) - recommended establishing conservation training course.


Revised constitution presented. Based on rules for incorporated association under the Incorporated Association Ordinance 1953-1962. ICCM becomes incorporated.


$1 per member paid to each division for operating costs. Student membership rate approved (3/4 of full membership)First regional divisions created.


Reciprocal memberships first introduced. ICCM becomes an incorporated body with a constitution. ICCM Library first suggested. Conservation training course opens at the CCAE – two-tiered program


First graduates from CCAE


Canberra PO Box obtained. National Newsletter first published. Travel grants system for members initiated


Bulletin no longer produced by Dept Prehistory, ANU. Council resolved to hold national conferences biannually instead of every year. Submission by ICCM to Department of Home Affairs & the Environment re legislation to protect cultural property


Code of Ethics/Practice and By Laws first proposed. Bulletin changes to twice yearly publication


Conservation research survey conducted. First paid ICCM employee – Country Museum Conservator for WA (funded by WA Lotteries Commission)Membership list on word processor for first time. Calls for paid Secretariat. Grants received from Australia Council and Australia Japan Foundation to bring speakers to conferences. Possibility of affiliating with CAMA raised – pros: greater influence, improved government backing; cons: annual fee payable, conservators less visible?


Professional membership panel elected to review new membership category. 'Conservation on the move’ project begun (continues until at least 1990)


ICCM Code of Ethics and Code of Practice adopted and distributed. ICOM 8th Triennial Meeting held in Sydney. Name changed to AICCM. Recommended that state divisions become incorporated in their own right (SA Division becomes incorporated). Part-time administration officer employed


Australian Bicentennial Exhibition tours all states and territories. Professional membership category established. Conservation of Rock Art Graduate Diploma (1 year) offered by CCAE (in conjunction with Getty)


The 90s declared the Decade for Natural Hazard Reduction by the UN (natural and man-made)


AICCM Membership votes not to amalgamate with CAMA affiliates to join the new association MAHCC formed


Conservator of the Year award launched


National Conservation and Preservation Policy for Moveable Heritage published


Bulletin copy and production commercially outsourced. Credit card payment available


Asian Pacific Directory developed with grant from AH


25th anniversary of AICCM; 20th anniversary of UC course (event at UC)$3000 received from HCC to develop and trial a Code of Practice. $7500 received from HCC to conduct a Skills Gap Audit


DEI approached for grant for Secretariat services. IE transfers member database to Access (Y2K compliant). Development of new training courses at US and UWS


IIC Conference hosted in Melbourne, managed by AICCM. Skills Gap Audit presented and Research Activity Audit and Needs Assessment in progress; both funded by HCC. New Code of Practice accepted. reCollections and Be Prepared published by the HCC (content written by conservators), published online via AMOL


Reconciliation statement adopted. Publications Committee established. HCC closes. Privacy Act came into effect – members required to authorise the publication of some personal details (e.g. for membership directory)


Guidelines for Environmental Control of Cultural Institutions published by the HCC, published online via AMOL. UC announces closure of conservation course – no new student intake


National Training Summit organised by AICCM, in response to UC course closure; outcomes referred to CMC; contributions by UM, UNSW, UWS & CITGVEHO grant obtained for administrative activities


Moved to web-based Secretariat. Production of SIG Procedures Manual (converted By-Laws). UM Masters by Coursework program begins


Unsuccessful application to Getty Foundation to establish professional membership (joint AICCM & NZ). Renewals due 12 months after last payment (instead of by calendar year). CCA establishedLast UC students finish. CIT developing 2 year diploma syllabus. First graduates from UM Masters by Coursework program


Committee to oversee Public Fund established; applied for Government Register of Cultural Organisations and Tax Deductible Gifts. Agreement signed with CCMC to provide AICCM ongoing professional development program. Became a CAN partner (have own page on CAN site). CCA conducted survey to determine conservation skill requirements of Australia’s collecting institutions over the next 3 years. Published October 2006 on CCA website. Bushfires in Canberra – ACT Division response


Public Fund committee established. Secretariat services no longer outsourced to commercial company; review of Secretariat services begun. Final instalment of GVEHO grant (for administrative activities)


New AICCM website launched - online renewals; online payment via Paypal, online membership directory, list of members in private practice, publications archive


UC starts new undergraduate Conservation courseBushfires in Victoria – Victorian Division response


CCA closes




  • AH: AusHeritage
  • AICCM: Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material Inc.
  • AMOL: Australian Museums OnLine
  • ANU: Australian National University
  • CAMA: Council of Australian Museum Associations
  • CAN: Collections Australia Network
  • CCA: Collections Council Australia Ltd
  • CCAE: Canberra College of Advance Education (became UC)
  • CCMC: Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (University of Melbourne)
  • CMC: Cultural Minister’s Council
  • CIT: Canberra Institute of Technology
  • DEH: Department of Environment and Heritage
  • DEI: Department of Environment and Infrastructure
  • GVEHO: Grants to Voluntary Environment & Heritage Organisations (administered by Department of Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts)
  • HCC: Heritage Collections Council (initial Heritage Collections Working Group); active 1993-2001? AICCM represented on the Collection Management and Conservation Working Party.
  • ICCM: Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material
  • IE: Institute of Engineers
  • MA: Museums Australia
  • SA: Secretariat Australia
  • UC: University of Canberra
  • UM: University of Melbourne
  • UNSW: University of New South Wales
  • US: University of Sydney
  • UWS: University of Western Sydney